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Monday, June 23, 2014

Keeper Of The Land - Oil Sands, Alberta

Last week of work at Fort Mc Murray Public School District. High School Exams are finishing up. Paul Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative complete for this term. I will miss the students and people I have met in this area.

Dorothy McDonald was chief of Fort McKay First Nation between 1980 and 1986. She made many improvements in the quality of life for her people. She worked to develop such services as a sewage system, water treatment plant, upgraded roads and improved housing. She also initiated the Fort McKay Group of Companies in the mid 80's which now earns more than 2$million a month.

As a "keeper of the Land" McDonald said, When you walk the good road, you know what is right. Your spirituality guides you and anything is possible,"

May Fort Mc Murray, Fort Chipewyan and  Fort Mc Kay continue to prosper. May people make good choices for the earth and for each other. The oil sands is not the place for me. But it is a great resource for Canadians. As long as we are mindful that the Earth is generous with its bounty; how can we be good stewards? Can we save some resources for our children's children? Can we find new ways to energize? Do we need to take it all right now? I hope we will be like Chief McDonald and use our resources wisely with out polluting the environment which we have depended on for centuries. Chief McDonald said, " If you take care of the land, it will take care of you."

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